Jessica Kwong (@JessicaGKwong) of the San Francisco Examiner summarizes a recent report issued by the Asian Pacific Islander Council titled “Asian and Pacific Islander Health and Wellbeing: A San Francisco Neighborhood Analysis”. The report published several findings regarding the city’s Asian American population that challenge the Model Minority Myth, which asserts that Asian Americans are by and large “doing fine”.
The over-crowding of poor Asian Americans in Chinatown has become a subsequent strain on local social services, and has also contributed to high rates of mental illness and other chronic diseases. Yet these social problems are rarely addressed in the larger discourse on the city’s Asian American population; instead, most residents assume that San Francisco’s Asian American population are comprised predominantly of the city’s wealthy elite.
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In California, the API prisoner community has more than doubled in the last twenty years, and men and women of several Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnicities — including Samoans, Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians — have particularly high arrest rates in California. Yet, many of these men and women are racially classified as “Other” in that state, resulting in our community’s high incarceration rate being often overlooked in social programs aimed at preventing recidivism (all information from APSC website).